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2008 Media Releases

2008 Media Releases

December For the Good Times - Not New Year's Eve

The Australian Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the end of 2008 with special Not New Year’s Eve concerts in the company of close friends, including Australian jazz legend James Morrison. More

December Christmas at the House

In what promises to be a magical experience for the whole family and one that has become a favourite on the festive calendar, Sydney Opera and Opera Australia proudly present a series of Christmas concerts in the Concert Hall from 19 to 23 December. More

November Complicite's A Disappearing Number

ydney Opera House and Sydney Theatre are proud to present the exclusive Australian season of Complicite’s A DisappearingNumberMore

November Zakir Hussain - Masters of Percussion

For the first time in Sydney, percussion legend Ustad Zakir Hussain presents the virtuosic seven-piece Masters of Percussion in an exclusive concert. More

October The Famous Spiegeltent

The Famous Spiegeltent to arrive in Sydney one week late – but  the shows must go on! More

October We Built This City

The countdown is on for pint-sized, budding builders to unleash their creativity when We Built This City takes over the Sydney Opera House Forecourt this October long weekend. More

October In Spitting Distance

Sydney Opera House Adventures 08 present the Australian premiere of In Spitting Distance, a funny and moving insight into our post 9/11 world, 6 –18 October, Playhouse. More

October Patti Smith

Sydney Opera House presents American rock legend Patti Smith in a “show to shake your world” on 15 October 2008, Concert Hall. More

October Book of Longing

Sydney Opera House presents an exceptional new concert work, Book of Longing, by Philip Glass based on the poetry and images of Leonard Cohen on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October in the Concert Hall.  More

October John Scofield & Joe Lovano Quartet: 28 October

Sydney Opera House is proud to present two of the most dynamic players in contemporary jazz. More

Europa Galante: 27 October

From Milan to New York and from Tokyo to Sydney, Europa Galante are acclaimed for their revolutionary, passionate performances of Baroque and Classical works. More

Legends of Australian rock and jazz collide: 17 October

Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowsky’s show Meet Me in the Middle of the Air comes to Sydney. More

Goran Bregovic: 14 October

The Balkan’s greatest exponent of modern gypsy music, Goran Bregovic performs his world famous hits with a party-generating 37 piece ensemble for the first time ever in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on October 14. More

September Sara Baras Ballet Flamenco Company: From 25 September

Direct from a sold-out run at London’s Sadler’s Wells, Sydney Opera House presents the exclusive Australian season of Sara Baras Ballet Flamenco in Sabores, 25 – 28 Sept, Concert Hall.More

50 Years of Bossa Nova: 10 September

The Sydney Opera House will welcome spring with the warm, tropical sounds of the greatest Brazilian bossa nova hits of the last fifty years, including “The Girl from Ipanema”, from three generations of artists for one night only at the Concert Hall on Wednesday 10 September. More

August Broad: 23 August

Deborah Conway’s legendary Broad is back for a fourth year in 2008 with a new lineup of four of Australia’s finest female singer/songwriters accompanied by the RocKwiz Orchestra. More

July Zubin Mehta with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: From 26 July

In 2008, as part of our ongoing commitment to present the international orchestras and legendary conductors, Sydney Opera House is delighted to announce three concerts in July 2008 by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) and conducted by one of the world’s greatest living conductors, Zubin Mehta. More

June Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra: 29 June

“A joyous fusion of musical styles as diverse as punk, jazz and Romany folk. Awesome!" Empire Magazine

Caroline Nin: Marlene: From 25 June

Following on from her extended sold-out Sydney show, Hymne a Piaf, French songbird Caroline Nin returns to The Studio to tell the story of her idol in song. More

What Does Red Do On Thursday?: From 18 June

“Torbahn shows by example that the spontaneous enjoyment of movement and rhythm and the seemingly 'incomplete' images created have an infectious vitality and give your imagination wings…Not just recommended, but entertaining as well” Nurnberger Nachrichten, Germany More

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: From 17 June

A cross between Tim Burton, David Lynch and the Brothers Grimm, this series of fractured fairy tales blurs the lines between what is performed and what is projected. More

The Anoushka Shankar Project: 14 June

“Dance club music with tradition at its fingertips” The New York Times More

The Fondue Set: From 4 June

All is not what it seems in the next installment from Sydney’s most motivated, clever and moving dance company. Watch and learn as The Fondue Set gets blown apart into tiny pieces and reformed with the help of award-winning UK director Wendy Houstoun. More

May Australian Premiere of Edward Scissorhands: From 29 May

“Matthew Bourne’s long-awaited staging of Edward ScissorhaAbout/08EventMediaRelease_EmirKusturicands has finally arrived, and a magical world beckons…” The New York Times More

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir: 1 May

Princess Mary's choir performs at Sydney Opera House for one night only. More

April Strange Fruit: Swoon! From 16 April

Aerial artists from Strange Fruit will enact an intriguing ritual of courtship, discovery and broken hearts on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt as part of the iconic venue’s free school holiday line-up. More

The Drum: From 16 April

Based on a traditional Indian folktale, The Drum is a charming musical adventure with Indian dance, percussion and the sitar. More

Lawrence Leung: From 15 April

Named Best Australian Act at the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Lawrence Leung Learns to Breakdance is one man’s hip-shattering quest for coolness. More

Moving Target: From 1 April

In the world premiere production of Moving Target, director Benedict Andrews  and writer Marius Von Mayenberg present their particularly romantic, European version of the post capitalist dystopia in this urgent thriller, where the most innocent of gestures take on a sinister twist. More

March Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Ensemble: 25 March

Renowned as an international peacemaker, a ulti-instrumentalist, and a virtuoso musician, the Turkish born Omar Faruk Tekbilek is now one of the most sought-after musicians in the world. His work with multinational musicians from all cultures transcends political boundaries. More   

Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra: 12 March

The greatest living exponent of the kora and his 10-piece orchestra perform at Sydney Opera House for one night only. Grammy award-winning Toumani Diabate is the uncontested master of the kora, a 21-stringed harp lute with tingling cadences unique to West Africa. More

Opera on the Big Sreen: 12 March

Opera Australia's Carmen set to seduce audiences across Australia. Opera Australia and the Australian Film Commission, today announced the first live transmission of an opera from the Sydney Opera House to regional cinemas across Australia. More

Edward Scissorhands

Matthew Bourne’s long-awaited staging of Edward Scissorhands has finally arrived, and a magical world beckons. More

Russian Roulette: From 14 March

Come to the best house party ever… at our house! The Studio once again kicks out the seats for two nights of DJs, live music and performance artists to celebrate Australia’s flourishing Russian culture scene. More

Jake Shimabukuro: 13 March

Renowned for lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques, Jake Shimabukuro views the ukulele as “an untapped source of music with unlimited potential”. More

Whichway NOW! 12 March

After the success of the inaugural Whichway UP! last year, The Studio will once again host a triple treat of the best Indigenous music around. Whichway NOW! will feature three generations of Australia’s leading contemporary Indigenous musicians across three music genres. More

An afternoon with Ian McEwan: 9 March

Sydney Opera House Talks is proud to present Booker prize-winning author Ian McEwan in his only Sydney appearance on Sunday 9 March in the Opera Theatre. More

Daorum: 9 March

Daorum is a phenomenon, a meeting of old and new, of East and West. This groundbreaking musical project will introduce Sydney audiences to the astounding Korean tradition of pansori for the very first time. More

The Idan Raichel Project: 5 March

One of the most successful world-beat ensembles in Israeli popular music history, The Idan Raichel Project will perform at Sydney Opera House on March 5, kicking off their first and long awaited Australian tour. More

DBR & DJ Scientific: From 4 March

Strings and scratches mix it up as violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) goes head-to-head with long-time collaborator and turntablist DJ Scientific (a.k.a Elan Vytal) and keyboardist Wynne Bennett, in a concert experience that will turn your musical world upside-down. More

Cesaria Evora: 3 March

She's a Grammy award-winning artist who has sold nearly 5 million records and now Cesária Evora, The Barefoot Diva steps on to Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall stage for one show only! More

Yasmin Levy: 1 March

For one unforgettable evening the Concert Hall will be filled with the mesmerising music of the ancient Ladino culture, courtesy of one of the world’s great divas, Yasmin Levy, and her 5-piece ensemble. More

February The Wettest of the Wet Spots: From 27 February

The Wet Spots (Cass King and John Woods) sing smart, funny and deliciously naughty tunes about sex. More

Holy Cow: From 26 February

Card sharks beware! Two of Europe’s finest maestros of magic will shock and surprise even the most hardline sceptic when they return to Australia with their brand new show, Holy Cow. More

Ornette Coleman: 24 February

This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see one of the great jazz legends of our time perform one show only in the renowned Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. More

Cabaret Décadanse: From 12 February

Fresh from appearing with La Clique at The Famous Spiegeltent, Canada’s acclaimed adults-only puppet-theatre group, SOMA, will bring this ancient artform to The Studio at Sydney Opera House for 10 shows only. More

Camille - Dark Angel: From 6 February

Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan returns to The Studio with a brand new show to kick off The Studio’s 2008 season. Dark Angel will once again see this raven-haired songstress enthral audiences with her stunning voice and passionate, dramatic performance. More

January Joanna Newsom: From 25 January

After beguiling audiences with her performance in The Famous Spiegeltent at Sydney Festival 2007, California-based harp virtuoso Joanna Newsom makes a much anticipated return. More

Bjork: 23 January

A highlight of the 2008 Festival is sure to be Björk, one of music’s most wildly imaginative and exuberant performers in one of the world’s most beautiful concert settings. More

Aether: From 23 January

After mesmerising audiences with last year’s beautiful and compelling Structure and Sadness, Lucy Guerin returns to Sydney Festival 2008 with Aether, a work that explores the intensity and quantity of the onslaught of technology. More

This Show Is About People: From 23 January

This Show Is About People takes the stirring music of traditional Bulgarian folk songs, mixes it with Renaissance countertenors, and layers them both with robust high-impact dance. More

Kin: From 23 January

In a work that takes the best of story-telling, dance, and just jamming with your mates, and with a set that features a burnt-out Torana, Kin is both a celebration and thought-provoking performance from a group of young cousins. More

Murundak: From 22 January

Murundak - meaning ‘alive’ in Woiwurrung language - is an historic event that celebrates music as an instrument of identity, resistance, resilience, and a call to freedom. More

Mortal Engine: From 16 January

Mortal Engine is a dance-video-laser performance at the collision point of biology and technology.  This latest work from Melbourne’s Chunky Move fuses digital technology with human movement to the point where the dancers use their bodies to literally take control of the music, lighting and animation. More

Into: From 15 January

Homegrown choreographic talents Frances Rings and Narelle Benjamin present two intimate, personal and poignant works in a powerful double-bill.  Into is two new solo works choreographed specifically for acclaimed Australian dancer Kathryn Dunn. More

Le Grand Cirque: From 11 January

Over the summer holidays, Sydney Opera House invites mums, dads, kids, grandparents and fun-lovers alike to the incredible stage spectacular Le Grand Cirque. More

Construct: From 9 January

Candid, complex and clever, Construct is a dance work that exposes the dark underside of dream-building. More

The Age I'm In: From 8 January

The Age I’m In is a revealing portrait of Australia, through the lives of people aged between eight and eighty. More

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: From 7 January

Directed by world-renowned pianist, arranger and producer Oscar Hernández, Spanish Harlem Orchestra is the cream of New York’s Latino musicians. More

Dance Screen: From 5 January

As part of the About An Hour Movers & Shakers program, Dance Screen is an exhibition showing the very best of recent Australian dance on film. More

About An Hour: From 5 January

Back for its third triumphant year, About An Hour is all about generating new audiences for the performing arts. More

Jose Carreras In Concert: From 4 January

Hear one of the true stars of the international stage, José Carreras, when he appears live at the Sydney Opera House on 4 & 6 January, 2008. The great tenor will sing operatic and popular favourites, with special guest Emma Matthews and a full symphony orchestra, conducted by Maestro David Gimenez. More   

Tina Arena In Concert: From 2 January

Following Tina Arena's multi platinum selling French album Autre Univers and her role of Roxie Hart in the London production of Chicago, Tina Arena returns home to delight Aussie audiences with live concerts in Melbourne on 28 December, and Sydney on 2 & 3 January. More   

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